When

September 30 - October 1, 2022

Where

One University Avenue, Mechanicsburg,
PA 17055

HOMECOMING & Family Weekend 2022 / what's going on

Whether you are a current student, recent alum, Golden Grad or honorary member of the Messiah family, we hope that you are excited to reconnect, reminisce and renew your affinity towards Messiah University during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2022! On Friday, September 30th, we welcome back our Golden Grads and will honor the Class of 1972 at our Golden Grad Luncheon.

On Saturday, October 1st, we honor the classes of ’82, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’12 and ’22 who will celebrate their milestone reunions on Saturday at Reunion Row. All are invited to enjoy Homecoming favorites such as Varsity Athletic Competitions, Lifelong Learning Sessions, food trucks, the Whiteout March and our SAB Homecoming Coffeehouse, or check the schedule for new events for 2022!

And be sure to stay with us into the evening to enjoy FIREWORKS following the Men’s Soccer Game at Starry Field!

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Early birds who register by September 23rd will be entered into a drawing to receive Messiah gear, gift cards and more!

*Early registration helps us to ensure we are ready for your visit. There is no cost to register, but a few activities involve a registration fee. These items, along with a specific cost, will be listed on the registration page. All those who register by Sept. 23rd will be placed in our early bird prize drawing. Prizes include Messiah gear, gift cards and more. Don’t miss out, register today!

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Event Schedule / don't forget it

Class of 1972 Reunion

Hostetter Chapel

Aughinbaugh Gallery

Climenhaga Fine Arts Center

Check-In

Martin Commons

Golden Grad Luncheon

Martin Commons

Various Campus Activities

Campus Wide

Women’s Volleyball vs. Penn State Altoona

Hitchcock Arena

Messiah University Homecoming 5k $

Come join us for a chip timed 5K color* run around Messiah’s beautiful campus. The course will be a mix of pavement and trail taking you by the Yellow Breeches Creek and through our campus forest. Stay after for prize giveaways and race refreshments. *we understand some individuals might not want to participate in the color portion of this run. During registration you will select if you want color or not. Only those wearing the white color run shirts will get color.

Men’s Club Soccer Alumni Match

Rec Field #1

Homecoming Check-In & Information

Eisenhower Campus Center

XCTF Alumni Reunion

Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall

Aughinbaugh Gallery

Climenhaga Fine Arts Center

Alumni Women’s Field Hockey Pick-up

Anderson Field

Alumni Women’s Soccer Pick-up

Practice Fields

Alumni Wrestling Practice

Sollenberger Sports Center, Wrestling Room

Women & Men’s Alumni Tennis Match

Criste Courts

Archives Open House

Murray Library, Lower Level

The Collaborative Canvas

Join us for this collaborative painting project designed by Daniel Finch, Professor of Art, and led by Art and Design students.

Oakes Museum Open House & Children’s Craft

Jordan Science Center, Oakes Museum

“Earthkeepers” Nature Walk

Departs from Oakes Museum

Alumni Softball Pick-up

Starry Athletic Fields, Softball Field

Powderpuff: Seniors vs. First Years

Rec Field #1

Alumni Baseball Pick-up

Starry Athletic Fields, Baseball Field

Lifelong Learning Sessions

  • Wearable Robotics for Gait Rehabilitation - Ryan Farris (Boyer 130):  The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation increasingly incorporates advanced technology to improve patient outcomes. Over the past decade, wearable robotic devices have become part of this trend, providing enhanced gait therapy and greater functional mobility to individuals with spinal cord injury or stroke. Dr. Ryan Farris spent nearly a decade in the med tech industry developing such technologies and continues his research now at Messiah University. He will describe his journey of inventing and commercializing medical robotic systems and will introduce some promising concepts currently under development in the Messiah Collaboratory.
  • Thriving Together: A Unique University–Community Partnership - Shelly Skinner & Brian Smith (Boyer 131):  In 2020 Messiah University secured a major Lilly Endowment grant for Thriving Together: Congregations for Racial Justice. This exciting program connects the University with regional congregations in an effort to:
    • deepen and broaden our understandings of the relationship between race and Christian practice in our region, and
    • cultivate a commitment to the practice of racial justice and reconciliation among congregations in Central Pennsylvania.
    Join us to learn about Thriving Together, hear from alumni participating with their churches, and meet student fellows supporting these congregations.
  • Science and shalom- body, mind, and soul integration - Mindy Smith & Doug Miller (Boyer 134): This session will include information on how science supports the God’s amazing design of integrated body, mind, and soul. In addition, we’ll share personal and practical ideas for pursuing shalom in our daily lives.
  • Studying the Messengers of the Universe - Abaz Kryemadhi (Boyer 137):  This session will discuss research efforts at Messiah University to understand objects such as black holes, supernovas and Big Bang era streams of dark matter. With student researchers, Abaz built detectors to “see” the particles arriving. We can then reconstruct information about the objects they come from. This work contributes directly to the field of Astroparticle Physics, but our detectors also have surprising applications for medicine and the solar technologies of the future.
  • Where did everybody go? The state of Christianity, the Church, and worship in the U.S. (2022) - Doug Curry (Parmer Cinema): Most of us have recognized attendance shifts in church attendance in the last 5-10 years, and some have attributed most of these shifts to the global pandemic. Yet, is the pandemic a primary cause of these shifts, or simply an ‘important contributor’? Utilizing research statistics gleaned from the renowned Barna Group, and anecdotal research from his current undergraduate and graduate students in Christian worship, Dr. Douglas Curry (Worship Ministries Pastor/Faculty in Music & Worship) will display these findings and lead a discussion about the ramifications of church attendance shifts and developments in Christian worship.

Various Open Houses

Agape Center, Collaboratory, Engle Center, Harbor House (Honors Program), Multicultural & International Student Programs (MISP) Office, Murray Library & Rafiki House

Prospective Student Pizza Reception

Admissions & Welcome Center 310 – Tours follow reception

Alumni Men’s Soccer Pick-up

Practice Fields

Alumni Men’s Volleyball Match

Hitchcock Arena

Alumni Women’s Lacrosse Pick-up

Lacrosse Turf

Powderpuff: Juniors vs. Sophomores

Rec Field #1

Instrument Petting Zoo

High Center

Li’l Falcon Zone

Larsen Student Union, Patio & Lawn

Campus Tour

Departs from Admissions & Welcome Center 310

Women’s Field Hockey vs. Widener University

Anderson Field

Alumni Swim Meet

Natatorium

Alumni Men & Women’s Ultimate Frisbee

Upper Baseball Field

Computing, Mathematics & Physics Reunion

Frey 145

Powderpuff: Championship Game

Rec Field #1

Messiah University Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir

High Center, Parmer Hall Timothy Dixon and Joy Meade, conductors

Reunion Row Reception

Reunion Row provides an opportunity for ALL ALUMNI, regardless of graduation year, to reconnect with classmates during Homecoming Weekend.  While we are extending an invitation to ALL ALUMNI to join us at Reunion Row, a special token will be provided to alumni celebrating milestone reunions (classes of '82, '92, '97, '02, '12).  Reunion Row will take place in the center of campus on the new lawn from 2:00-4:00pm on October 1st. *Note: While registration is not required, it is requested as we hope to provide light refreshments to all guests.  This is a drop-in reception with no specific programming.    

Alumni Women’s Club Soccer Pick-up

This fall-2022 semester, Messiah Women’s Club Soccer program is excited to host the 1st Annual Alumni Game! If you are an alum and played on the Women’s Club Team during your time as a student, we would love to have you come home to Messiah, and participate in an alumni game vs. current Women’s Club players. The alumni game will be played during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 1st at the Rec Field. Kick-off will be at 3:00pm. To learn more about the club program, email Coach Harris at: jrharris@messiah.edu

Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Salisbury University

Shoemaker Field

Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Pick-up

Lacrosse Turf

Various Food Trucks

Vendors will be available across the Covered Bridge in the Lower Starry parking lot.

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Biological Sciences Reunion

Jordan Atrium

White-Out March

Hostetter Chapel

Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Christopher Newport University

Shoemaker Field

Jazz Ensembles Concert

High Center, Parmer Hall

Fireworks

Shoemaker Field

SAB Homecoming Coffeehouse

Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium

Welcome Home

We are so excited to welcome you back to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2022 and look forward to reconnecting and reminiscing with you!
One University Avenue,
Mechanicsburg,
PA 17055

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We are so excited to welcome you back to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend and look forward to reconnecting and reminiscing with you!

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One University Avenue
Suite 3023
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

homecoming@messiah.edu

717.796.5252